The Master of Science in Workforce Education Leadership (WEL) is a distance education program designed to prepare professionals for employment in workforce education in postsecondary educational institutions and social services entities, advancing the knowledge base of workforce preparation, workforce development education and professional development.
Some potential careers with this degree include workforce coordinator, academic and career coach, workforce development specialist, career advisor and outreach specialist.
An individual pursuing this degree should find their goals aligned with those of the program which are to advance the knowledge base of career and technical education; to implement efficient concepts of workforce preparation and professional development; to actively engage in teaching, research and service that promotes workforce policy development and improvement and to understand the cultural and social factors that impact rural communities.
"I chose Mississippi State for my online education for several reasons. I was first impressed with the willingness of the faculty to educate me about the curriculum and the success of students who enrolled in Workforce Education Leadership Graduate Program…. I felt welcomed through telephone conversations. Secondly, I was given the number for Dr. Stephanie King who immediately responded whenever I had questions. Communication is key. The decision making process wasn't difficult because I felt as if I were already a Mississippi State Bulldog before I became one. Online learning is sometimes challenging, but the faculty have a way of making me feel as if I were on campus.”"
The Mississippi Department of Education does not formally endorse the Workforce Education Leadership (WEL) program in regard to providing AA (Master) or AAAA (Doctorate) licensure for K-12 teachers. If you are a K-12 teacher interested in the WEL online education program, please be sure to contact MDE directly regarding what is acceptable in terms of licensure.